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Empanadas with Salsa
The name Empanada comes from the Spanish verb empanar, meaning to wrap or coat in bread. Usually the empanada is made by folding a thin circular-shaped dough patty over the stuffing, creating its typical semicircular shape. Just about any food or combination can be made as a filling like meat, fish, vegetables, cheese, fruits and even left-overs.
It is a common delicacy mostly in Latin America, the Carribean, Portugal, Spain andPhilippines
as a stuffed pastry. Empanadas which is
similar to our Samosas are also known in a wide variety of regional names like empadas or empadinhas in Brasil, empanadas de verde in Ecuador, salvadoreños in El Salvador, paete in Haiti, salteñas in Argentina, pastellilos in Puerto Rico to name a few. 

I ventured into Mexican food this holiday season in the pursuit of making something new for my daughter. With winter setting in early in Seattle with unusaul levels of snow~a perfect holiday setting. With all the snow gone, it was time for a nice warm snack. Delicioso!

List of ingredients:

  1. 1 box refrigerated pie crusts
  2. 2 tablespoons cream cheese
  3. 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
  4. 2 tablespoons salsa
  5. 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  6. 1/2 teaspoon finely chopped garlic
  7. 1 cup ground chicken
  8. 1 egg
  9. 1 tablespoon oil
  10. salt to taste

  1. Heat oil in a heavy saucepan. Add garlic and then chicken, saute over low heat until cooked.
  2. Add cumin, salsa, cilantro and salt. Mix well.
  3. Add cream cheese and stir until melted. Remove and set aside.
  4. Roll out pie crust dough slightly on lightly floured surface. Cut dough with 3 inch round cookie or biscuit cutter. Reroll dough scraps and cut enough additional to make 20 rounds.
  5. Preheat oven to 425° F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or aluminium foil. Place about 2 teaspoons chicken mixture in center of each round. Brush edges lightly with water. Pull one side of dough over filling to form half circle, pinch edges to seal.
  6. Place 10 empanadas on baking sheets, brush lightly with egg. Bake 15 to 18 minutes or until lightly browned.

Serve with Salsa. Makes 20 empanadas.
Tips: Empanada dough is typically prepared at home and usually deep fried in oil like Samosas. To make Empanada dough click here. The above recipe is from a Mexican book . I have used pie crust for an easy alternative and baked them instead. Do not deep fry if using the pie crust.


  1. They looks so yummy delicious.
    I have never made them at home.
    Should trey them to make.
    Happy 2009 to you and your loved ones.

  2. These are a perfect snack. Mexican "Samosa" looks as enticing as our own samosa!

  3. We absolutely love them. I made them for Super Bowl party last year, YUM!:)

  4. Before reading the last few lines i was confused why u used pie crust...it looks inviting

  5. My friend from Mexico fries these and I just love them... baking is a great alternative.

  6. Hi,
    wow...sounds new to me...but very informative...looks more like samosa...will try and give my fb:)

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  8. these empanadas looks really yummy

  9. Perfect looking empanadas Cilantro. I have also made these from a book, but it used refrigerated biscut dough instead of pie crust. I also did a vegetarian black bean filling instead of meat.

  10. My Argentinian neighbor makes the best empanadas. I told her how similar they are to our gujias!

    Interesting that you've used cream cheese. I must try that soon. Thanks for sharing.

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  12. Thank you for sharing your talents in the kitchen. God Bless you and your FAMILY. your'e AWESOME!

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